History

Hopeman (Scottish Gaelic: Hudaman) is a seaside village in Moray, Scotland, on the coast of the Moray Firth, founded in 1805 to house and re-employ people displaced during the Highland clearances. The population is around 1,700 people in approximately 670 households.
The village was founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century as a fishing port by William Young of Inverugie. It expanded when the new harbour was built in 1838 for the export of stone from the nearby quarries. The old part of Hopeman has a grid-iron street layout.

Hopeman Bowling Club was established in 1927. Originally the Hopeman Indoor Bowling Club played in the Village Hall until 1985, When three Clubs the Men’s and Ladies Indoor clubs and the Outdoor Bowling Club came together to build a new club house. From that time the club has grown substantially having a Indoor Bowling hall and excellent club house facilities.

A well-attended meeting took place in the Memorial Hall Hopeman in December 1945 when the proposed Amenities Association was then formed. The primary object of the Amenities was to raise enough funds for a bowling green, Tennis Courts and Putting Green. Fund raising commenced in 1946 at various events. In August that year a fete was held at Inverugie House when the sum of £904 was raised. In September of that year a Bazaar was   held and £544 was raised. With these funds work began on these projects in 1947 and by 1949 all were ready for play to start. In 1980 the Ladies and Gents Indoor Bowling Clubs (where play then took place in the Memorial Hall) amalgamated with the Outdoor Bowling Section. Forming a new club. Hopeman and District Bowling and Social Club in 1985 a new club house was opened. The club grew in strength from then on and in 1994 a new lounge was added.  The club is proud to relate to one of their members namely Mr George Murray who is proud to have won the Highland Bowling Association Singles, Pairs, Triples and Rinks competitions in 1996 the club reached new heights in bowling when they won the Highland Bowling Association Top Ten Tournament for the first time.

Past Presidents

1949  J.CUMMING

1979 J.McPHERSON

2009 D. McPHERSON

1950 W.J.FLETCHER

1980 S. MURRAY

2010 T. MURRAY

1951 W.A.P.CORMACK

1981 W. INNES

2011  E. MAIN

1952 G. CORMACK

1982 J.M. YOUNG

2012 J. GRANT

1953 J.MAIN

1983 C. MORE

2013 J. DONALDSON

1954 J. McPHERSON

1984 C. MORE

2014 S.MURRAY

1955 D. McPHERSON

1985 C. MORE

2015 J.BURKE

1956 D. YOUNG

1986 C.J. WHYTE

 

1957 J. McPHAIL

1987 D. McPHERSON

 

1958 D. DAVIDSON

1988 P.T. MORRISON

 

1959 J.A. McPHERSON

1989 P.T. MORRISON

 

1960 J. FINDLAY

1990 A.F. JEFFRIES

 

1961 I. McLAY

1991 F. McPHERSON

 

1962 A.R. YOUNG

1992 K.THOMPSON

 

1963 A.R. STEWART

1993 A. BINNIE

 

1964 S.R.D. McBEAN

1994 G. MURRAY

 

1965 W. MELLIS

1995 C.W. PEACE

 

1966 J.W.H. PETRIE

1996 R. HARVEY

 

1967 J. MOIRE

1997 G. GRANT

 

1968 G. STEWART

1998 K. INMAN

 

1969 G. YOUNG

1999 D.R. RUSSEL

 

1970 J. McPHERSON

2000 R. HEWITT

 

1971 W. MAIN

2001 W. INNES

 

1972 A. MATHIESON 

2002 K. WALKER

 

1973 W. YOUNG

2003 S. MURRAY

 

1974 E. DUBBER

2004 T, STEWART

 

1975 J.McKENZIE

2005 J.M. YOUNG

 

1976 E.A. STIENERT

2006 R.ADAMS

 

1977 J.G. McPHERSON

2007 K. THOMPSON

 

1978 E. FANNING

2008 R. HARVEY

 

 

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